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  • 1)Message de Arys posté le 5 October 2013 à 00:38:37
    LOL. If I recall correctly those little chocolate eggs are not available in the States because of the little toys inside. :-P
  • 2)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 October 2013 à 00:49:37
    Arys -> Why it's forbidden? because the kids would swallow it?
  • 3)Message de Camille posté le 5 October 2013 à 00:57:52
    Indeed : http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1086739/thumbs/o-GUN-CONTROL-PSAS-MOMS-DEMAND-ACTION-570.jpg?5
  • 4)Message de MadH posté le 5 October 2013 à 03:25:49
    I had a friend once smuggle some kinder surprises back from germany in her luggage. The toys inside are great! I liked the fact that you get to assemble it, and mine had moving parts (the head bobbed when you rolled it across the table). I liked it better than the extra toy prizes we get over here in the usa. It's too bad that it's banned from import.
  • 5)Message de Hector posté le 5 October 2013 à 07:17:34
    Sweet comic, sweet childhood dreams (:
  • 6)Message de Darkoneko posté le 5 October 2013 à 07:47:45
    Au moins ça n'aura pas été trop chiant à traduire :D
  • 7)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 October 2013 à 07:59:50
    Another ordinary day !
  • 8)Message de Random posté le 5 October 2013 à 09:00:09
    Hey, i heard you wanted to learn piano. Here's piano hero ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOSEekGuq0w#t=70
  • 9)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 October 2013 à 10:35:09
    "Se retrouver quelque part" = "end UP somewhere", not just "end somewhere" ! :)
  • 10)Message de Jeff posté le 5 October 2013 à 11:53:07
    Quel plaisiiiiir de te reliiiiiire
  • 11)Message de Arts posté le 5 October 2013 à 15:11:01
    @ Anon #2 - yeah, I guess us American kids might be too stupid not to eat toys
  • 12)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 October 2013 à 17:44:30
    The fact that Kinder surprise are not "made in the USA" have probably more to do with it than "child's safety".
  • 13)Message de Glenn-o-matic posté le 5 October 2013 à 18:45:03
    This is a good reason why France will have a city on Mars within 15 years.
  • 14)Message de Spike Matthews posté le 5 October 2013 à 22:01:26
    Damn - where can you get them!?
  • 15)Message de sindary posté le 6 October 2013 à 07:43:15
    'Gamins surprise' So cool!
  • 16)Message de Lobi posté le 6 October 2013 à 15:55:38
    Haha, lovely. I love how you can describe something so extraordinary in such an daily-life style. Neat!
  • 17)Message de MadH posté le 6 October 2013 à 20:38:40
    #12: No. We had a close equivalent, the Nestle Wonder Ball. It usually had stickers and temporary tattoos inside though, and they banned it for the same reason: since it has chocolate it must be intended for all ages, and a 2 year old kid doesn't know better than to not eat stickers. Doesn't matter if they brand it "for 3 and up only", the government says chocolate products are for all ages and thus cannot contain anything nonedible, period.
  • 18)Message de Anonymous posté le 6 October 2013 à 21:13:31
    #17 Nonsense ! Americans don't eat the chocolate packaging, do they ? So why would they eat a stikers ? Wait, or packaging are forbiden too ?
  • 19)Message de MadH posté le 7 October 2013 à 02:00:11
    #18: from wiki: "Originally called Nestlé Magic Ball, the product used to contain small figurines of Disney characters, similar to the Kinder Surprise which retails in Europe and Canada. However, due to children who didn't think to break the ball before consuming, the product was withdrawn in 1997, after competitors and consumers groups campaigned that the toy posed a choking hazard." Yes, americans are that stupid. Blame bad parents. There's also a law from the 30's saying chocolate cannot have anything nonedible encased within it for the choking reason - I imagine that law was also leveraged to get it off the market.
  • 20)Message de MadH posté le 7 October 2013 à 02:06:38
    #18: Basically, just imagine that the concept of toys inside of chocolate is such a foreign concept to kids and parents in the USA that they may not even know what they have when they buy the item. It was always banned so people here don't think about toys in chocolate balls as a product that exists (unlike say, toys in cereal which have been around forever). So "Here you go Charlie! I found this funny chocolate ball at the store!", "Yay! *GOBBLE GOBBLE CHOKE*" is something I can see happening here.
  • 21)Message de Lilian posté le 7 October 2013 à 08:14:32
    Le thème est délirant et l'aquarelle superbe. Merci.
  • 22)Message de Tard posté le 21 January 2016 à 00:32:13
    I've never heard of these in the USA because our nanny government must protect the kids who are too dumb to live.
  • 23)Message de Dewi Morgan posté le 24 March 2017 à 03:06:32
    So many lovely touches, but the sticker control panels were by far the most giggle-inducing for me :)


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    • Q : Who are you and what is this blog ?

      I’m Boulet, a french cartoonist living in Paris. I’ve had about 20 books published, most of them for young readers. I also worked on two books of the “Dungeon” series with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar (available in English, ask at your local comic shop).
      This blog is an attempt to translate my french blog ” bouletcorp.com “. I started in 2004 and have drawn more than 1600 entries. I’m trying to catch up but it’s a huge undertaking!

    • Q : The translation are sometime awkward, how do you work ?

      The translation is a very delicate subject !

      Most of the translations were performed by followers of my french blog, but very few of them are native anglophones, so the accuracy varies a lot.

      I tried to find a professional translator but it turned out it was far too much expensive for me alone. So I offered to give an original artwork in exchange of amateur translations (like, for a month or so of comics to translate) but even then it was complicated because just the re-handwriting the texts and posting them alone took a lot of time, and having to do original artworks for it and posting them was a lot of work too. Anyway I can’t manage it like this either.

      So for this new version, I’m going to give it a try and translate all by myself.

    • Q : Can we help you to make it sound better ?

      That would be the idea !

      As you can see in this FAQ, I’m not so good in english ! So here’s what I have in mind: if you think you can make the translation sound better, just write your propositions in the comments, and I will gradually update the comics.

      The more comments and remarks I’ll get, the more I’ll be happy !

      Just be indulgent, I try my best, and translation is not my main job !

    • Q : I am french, but I fluently speak english, can I help anyway ?

      Yes you can, of course, but must tell I will pay more attention to native anglophone comments !

      I had a lot of people trying to translate, and each time, english or american people told me it was still awkward. French people tend to be overconfident with their level in english or at least, with their ability to translate a comic. It’s not just about being accurate, it’s also about making it soud good, you have to feel it, and that’s almost impossible if you are not english or american.

      The best help I could help would be from english or US cartoonists !

    • Q : I can’t translate, but is there anything else I can do to help ?

      Even if it’s written in english, it’s not easy to share this webcomic: in France I can rely on cartoonist friends or specialized reeferers to share, but it’s very difficult to make people discover my work in other countries !

      So if you want to help, it’s very easy: you can share with your friends ! If you have friends who don’t speak french, tell them about this page, and use social networks to share the comics you liked !

    • Q : How did you make this layout ?

      First, this blog was programmed with flash.

      But flash is a very heavy format, and very difficult to share. A few months ago, I decided to rebuild it whith a different platform. I discussed about this with Arnold on Twitter. He’s very good with WordPress, so I designed and he made this happen !

       

    • Q : Can I use the same layout for my blog ?

      WordPress is supposed to be a free-sharing platform, but we worked a lot on this, and we don’t specially want that anyone could use it without consulting us.

      The layout programming is Arnold’s, so you can ask him and he will be the only judge ! If he likes your work, I think he will be happy to authorize you to use this !

      His contact is at the bottom of the site, on the main page.

    • Q : Where can we buy your work ? Do you have a shop with posters, mugs or T-shirts ?

      For now, there’s not such a thing. I try to keep this the less “commercial” I can. But maybe I will change my mind some day !

      The only available work I have in english are the two books I drew for the serie “Dungeon” with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar. Ask for it in any comic book shop ! The more you ask them to order it, the easiest will it get to obtain !
      If you want to have a better translation of this webcomic, you just have to harass US and UK publishers, till one of them agrees to publish it in english :)

      For my french work, I drew a lot of books, here’ the entire list:

      Glénat Editions:

      -Raghnarok

      Tome 1 : Dragon Junior

      Tome 2 : Fées et Gestes

      Tome 3 : Terreurs de la nature

      Tome 4 : Légendes urbaines

      Tome 5 : Tempus Fugit

      Tome 6 : Casus Belli

      -La Rubrique Scientifique

      Tome 1

      Tome 2

      Tome 3

      -Le Miya (with Reno, Julien Néel and Libon)

      -Womoks (only scenario, drawing by Reno)

      Tome 1 : Mutant, suspends ton vol…

      Tome 2 : Le croiseur s’amuse

      Tome 3 : Albon, les brutes et les truands

       

      La boîte à bulles Edition:

      -Le vœu de…

      Tome 1 : Le vœu de Marc (coscenarist with Nicolas Wild, drawing by Lucie Albon)

      Tome 2 : Le vœu de Simon (coscenarist with Lucie Albon, drawing by Lucie Albon)

      -Amour et Désir (Collectif, seven pages under the alias Ella Forbin)

       

      -Delcourt Edition:

      -Donjon (avec Lewis Trondheim et Joann Sfar au scénario, et Lucie Albon à la couleur)

      Tome 5 : Un mariage à part

      Tome 6 : Retour en fanfare

      -Notes (these are the compilations of all the entries of the french blog)

      Tome 1 : Born to be a larve

      Tome 2 : Le petit théâtre de la rue

      Tome 3 : La viande, c’est la force

      Tome 4 : Songe est Mensonge

      Tome 5 : Quelques Minutes avant la Fin du Monde

      Tome 6 : Debout mes globules ! (à paraître, 23 novembre 2011)

      -Chicou-Chicou (under the alias Ella Forbin, with Aude Picault, Domitille Collardey, Lisa Mandel and Erwann Surcouf)

      -Boule de neige (collective compilation of works for the 24-hours comics of Angoulême )

      -La Maison Close (collective book by Ruppert et Mulot)

      -La Page Blanche (scenarist, drawing by Pénélope Bagieu. Release in january 2012)

      -Bragelonne Edition:

      -Tous malades ! (original title: Now we’re Sick) (illustrations for a collection of adult poems by Neil Gaiman and other authors, with Reno and Mélaka)

      -Erik le Viking (illustrations of the french version of Terry Jones’s book)

      -L’almanach illustré 2008. (texts by Laurent Genefort and Gudule)

       

      Nekomix :

      -Soupir (collectif)

      Tome 1, 2008

      Tome 2, 2009

      -Nekomix 7 spécial cinéma (collectif)

       

      -Barclay-Universal :

      -Repenti (Illustrations for Renan Luce’s album, christmas edition)

    • Q : Can I use one of your comics to print a shirt / a poster / to put it on my blog / to illustrate my book / magazine ?

      No, you can’t ! :)
      All this comics ask a lot of time to draw, and I don’t want them to be taken out of this blog, especially if it’s for commercial use.
      And most of this blog material is already printed by the french publisher Delcourt, so it would be highly illegal !
      They are some exceptions, though:
      -You can use one panel or two if you are making a citation (for example: if you write an article about my work or about webcomics in general, you can show a couple of pictures, without asking me. You just have to put the source under it: my name and the blog’s URL, clikable if your article is on internet. You don’t specially have to tell me, but it would be nice)
      -If you want to share a story on internet, the way I like better is one panel, clikable, redirecting to my original blog.
      -You can use a comic or more for pedagogic use if it’s a non-commercial use: if you’re a teacher and you need a printing from the blog for your class, if you’re a student and need an illustration for an essay or your thesis, I’m totally ok if you respect these two conditions: you have to ask me FIRST (because I wouldn’t like to illustrate something I totally disagree with), and the use must be completely NON-COMMERCIAL (you CAN’T sell it, no matter the format), NON-POLITIC (especially if you are a kind of nationalist NRA douchebag) and NON-RELIGIOUS (I’m an atheist, and I work for no church or cult)

    • Q : Can I buy you an original artwork ?

      I don’t really need mone for now, so I don’t sell my original works… So no !
      And I have a lot of work waiting to be done, so I don’t have time to make special drawings for birthdays, christmas presents or stuff like that !

    • Q : I’m very rich and I want to hire you / I want to publish your work

      Ok, send me an email and we’ll see ! :)
      I’m not specially looking for work now, but if you have something nice to propose, maybe we can find an arrangement !
      If you want to publish material from this blog, my publisher shares the copyrights with me, so you have to contact him ! look for “editions Delcourt” on the web !